Partner Charleston Transitions

Author: kevinstlaurent

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It's all in the transitions! Spending time to thoroughly know the entrances and exits to each move can make all the difference when you get to the social dance floor. Naturally you need to know the basic partnered Charleston figures before you worry about transitions.

(Double Hand) Slide Through the Legs

Author: kevinstlaurent

Hold on for some sliding fun. It's a tad risky, but worth the effort when the conditions are right. Check the weather, check the floor and especially check with your partner. Not everyone likes to slide across a dirty, wet and sticky bar floor so maybe leave it for high quality dance floors and known partners.

Jump Rope

Author: kevinstlaurent

This hilarious move will be sure to please everyone around. Its ridiculousness fits its name and the silly nature of lindy hop. It's low risk physically and visually looks terrifying. Have fun with it and own it when you do it.

Introduction to 6 count Swing

Author: kevinstlaurent

Every lindy hoppers needs to know these basic partnered charelston figures. In many ways, partnered chareston is at the root of lindy hop. Most complex partnered charleston figures stem from these core moves.

Follower’s Crank Spin

Author: kevinstlaurent

A serious challenge of one foot spins and partner connection. Follows need to have solid solo spin skills and leaders need to be flexible and responsive to the follows needs through out the move.

Basket Whip

Author: kevinstlaurent

Simple flash can be the best flash. Your only risk is perhaps upsetting the "purest" of Lindy Hoppers who might say, "Hey, that's a west coast swing move!" To which you can reply, "But we're having fun....go away!." or if you care to get more particular you might say, "But what dance did west coast swing evolve from?" The answer is Lindy Hop. Also, sharing is caring.

Saucy Kicks

Author: kevinstlaurent

We consider this a southern Californian classic. The name says it all. This move must be executed with full commitment to get the full effort. It's saucy and delicious!g.

Savoy Kicks

Author: kevinstlaurent

This version is a suggestable side by side Charleston variation. We learned it by watching various southern Californian dancers both old and new. We love the flash and rhythmic variety it brings to the dance.